Smart Bets: Mountain Dance and Folk Festival

Creeping up on the century mark, the 91st annual Mountain Dance and Folk Festival continues its legacy as the nation’s longest-running folk festival. Held Thursday, Aug. 2, through Saturday, Aug. 4, at the Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College/Mission Health Conference Center, the celebration was founded by Bascom Lamar Lunsford in 1928 and is the sister event to Shindig on the Green, itself in its 52nd season. The newest edition showcases the best of the region’s traditional and old-time musicians, cloggers, mountain dance groups and ballad singers with a different show each night at 6:30. Individual tickets are $20 advance/$25 day of show, $10/$15 students, $5 children ages 6-12. Three-night packages for adults are $45 advance/$50 day of the first show. Photo of The Midnight Plowboys’ Emma McDowell by Angela Wilhelm

About Edwin Arnaudin
Edwin Arnaudin is a staff writer for Mountain Xpress. He also reviews films for and is a member of the Southeastern Film Critics Association (SEFCA) and North Carolina Film Critics Association (NCFCA). Follow me @EdwinArnaudin

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